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When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 3:11 am

Anyone know when the Brits will be operating the Speedbird again? Before the French? Thanks.
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RE: When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 3:26 am

Ba said this week "hopefully late Summer" and definately "before the end of the year" at their interim results announcement.

AF will not be far behind, if not at the same time.

AF will Fly F-BTSD back from Orly to CDG in around a weeks time (it has just been repainted after it's D check) and BA hope to fly G-BOAF, the first modified aircraft in the next 4 to 6 weeks)

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RE: When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 3:30 am

Probably before Air France, there is still a lot of ground testing, as well as air testing, re-training, proving flights etc, as well as modifying further aircraft for a service return.
There is a schedule, but you shouldn't hear it here, as journalists do search the net to try and get inside info, then do the usual 2 + 2 = 5 thing.
Once the Certificate of Airworthiness is returned, assuming no problems there, things should be clearer.
 
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RE: When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 3:50 am

It will definetely be back by the end of the year, someone in my family works for Concorde and that is what I was told
 
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RE: When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 6:56 am

Should, have said that the 4 - 6 weeks thing will only the start of the operation. I don't even think at this stage this aircraft will have the new interiors. The CAA will want to see some serious testing here before returning the CofA

I am guessing here but my thoughts are that if the CAA etc.. give the OK with the mods, BA will use G-BOAF for crew flight training at Shannon or down in Portugal, while the other 2 aircraft get modifiled and interiors fitted. BA are on record as saying they want 3 aircraft before they start the once a day service. It needs 2 aircraft to run the schedule but they want a back up a/c, so the service will always run as there is too much at stake to p**s off the high paying pax, who may get scared off all over again. Air fracne have said they will restrt their once a day service with just 2 aircraft from thery working fleet of 4 (one rotated through checks and used at the same time for parts.)

If anyone is interested The AF fleet will be F-BVFB, F-BTSD, F-BVFC, F-BVFA. F-BVFF is scheduled to undergo it 12,000 hr major.
 
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RE: When Will Concorde Fly Again?

Sat May 26, 2001 5:30 pm

Be assured that the regular BA passengers are not a problem, they cannot wait to get on board again.
Also, they are pretty much immune from media scare stories.
No idea about Air France's customers.

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